Two-thirds of commuters in the DC area live less than one mile away from a bus stop. Where’s your local bus stop? Use the goDCgo interactive map to find out.
A fair number of Metrobus routes run late at night until 4am and are a great alternative after Metrorail stops running. View the Late Night Bus Service Map for more info.
WMATA offers a variety of unlimited ride passes for Metrobus – daily, weekly, and monthly. As well as a combination pass for Metrorail and Metrobus.
It only costs $1 to ride the DC Circulator. Check out the direct route from Union Station to Georgetown or ride the National Mall Route to explore the Monuments and Memorials along the Mall.
Use a trip-planning app to know exactly when your bus is arriving and never wait at the bus stop again. Some great apps include TransitApp, Citymapper, and RideDC.
Metrobus fares start at $2 and are paid with cash or SmarTrip® card upon boarding; daily, weekly, and monthly discounted bus passes are available as well. Other local bus services may also accept SmarTrip® card, though prices may vary. Buy SmarTrip® cards online, at any Metrorail station, or at many convenient locations.
If you use more than one bus to reach your destination, use a SmarTrip®card to receive a free bus-to-bus transfer within a two-hour period. If connecting to Metrorail, enjoy a discounted fare. No transfer discounts are provided with cash fare payment.
DDOT and Destination DC offer a one-stop-shop for all motorcoach and group tour operators visiting the District. Call the hotline for information on parking, permitting, routing and more! 1.855.67-BUSES (28737)
LATE NIGHT BUS MAP
While many bus operators suspend services after midnight, there are select DC Circulator and Metrobus routes that provide late night service on specific routes. Check out our late night bus map to explore your bus options until 2am and 4am!
The DC Circulator delivers affordable, comfortable, and efficient bus service that connects people to popular destinations, culture and entertainment throughout the District.
*Fares are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
ART operates in neighborhoods throughout Arlington that are not serviced by Metrobus and helps to increase the frequency of buses on crowded Metrobus routes. All ART routes connect to Metro stations located throughout Arlington County.
The CUE offers service to the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metro station on the Orange Line via Green or Gold CUE bus routes.
This daily bus system services Fairfax County and connects to Metrorail’s Blue, Orange, and Yellow Lines.
National Coach Works of VA, Inc. provides commuter and charter coach service from Fredericksburg/Richmond to Washington, DC. Take commuter routes 705 or 715 from Golden Beach P&R (Charlotte Hall) Mattawoman Beantown P&R to Washington DC
Weekday rush hour bus service is available to Washington, DC, West Falls Church, the Pentagon, and Rosslyn from Park ‘N Ride lots in Loudoun County. Bus service from West Falls Church to Loudoun County is also available.
OmniRide, a service of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), offers bus services to the District and various Metrorail stations in Northern Virginia.
The Young Transportation Service (YTS) commuter bus connects Annapolis to New Carrollton Metro station via the Route 50 Corridor. The 921 Connector takes riders from Annapolis to New Carrollton and back.
The Ride On bus network services Montgomery County, MD providing riders with access to numerous Metrorail and Metrobus lines and an easy way to get into DC.
Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) commuter buses provide shuttle bus service to the District. Companies under contract are Dillon Bus Service, Eyre Bus Service, Keller Transportation, and Martz/Gold Line.
Bus service in Prince George’s County, MD operating on weekdays with stops across the county and to numerous Metrorail stations.
CONNECTIONS TO DC
The University of Maryland Department of Transportation Services provides shuttle service to members of the College Park. While some routes require a UMD ID to ride, the routes below are open to the public.
Greyhound buses depart from Union Station bus depot, accessible from Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides service throughout the East Coast and leaves directly from bus depot at Union Station, accessible from Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides service throughout the East Coast and beyond as far west as Toronto, Buffalo, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and Knoxville, TN. Departs from Union Station bus depot via Metrorail’s Red Line.
Express bus service between DC and New York City and Norfolk, VA. Departs from the Union Station bus depot, accessible by Metrorail’s Red Line.
Provides daily express bus service between DC and New York City. Departs from Union Station bus depot, accessible by Metrorail’s Red Line.
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Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around the region by bus. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites and tools to help you find your way.
Find the nearest Metro bus, rail, Circulator, or DC Streetcar stops, when the next bus or train is arriving, and where each route will take you — all in real time. Plan your trip with built-in transit directions, save your favorite stops for easy access, or search for route maps by name.
The ultimate transport app that uses open data, mobile, and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free.
You’ll be able to get real-time information for all your mobility options anywhere and everywhere you go. Data is sorted by what’s most useful at the exact time and moment you open the app.
Real-time Metrorail and Metrobus predictions for planning trips in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
Get real-time predictions for DC Metrorail, Metrobus, Arlington Transit (ART), DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, PG County-The Bus, Fairfax CUE, and UMD Shuttle. Keep track of your favorite stations and sort them however you like!
Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Get accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders.
Compare and combine any transportation mode like the bus, train, taxi, metro, a personal or shared car or bike, motorcycle, or rideshare.
Receive up to three itineraries for getting to your destination by bus, rail, or both. Available on WMATA’s website.
An easy, economical way to get around the District. Fare only costs $1! For information about specific routes, please select a route below.
The Dupont Circle–Georgetown–Rosslyn route takes riders to the city’s hot spots in Northwest and connects to Rosslyn, VA.
The Georgetown-Union Station route travels east-west through historic Georgetown and connects to Union Station, DC’s central transit hub.
The Woodley Park/Adams Morgan/McPherson Square route caters to foodies (14th St NW) and late-night bar patrons with weekend service until 3:30am.
The Eastern Market -L’Enfant Plaza route links the Eastern Market Metro station to the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station and caters to baseball fans with additional service to Nationals Park on game days.
The Congress Heights – Union Station route travels through historic Anacostia connecting riders from Union Station to Congress Heights Metro Station.
The National Mall route is on the only public transit option providing door-to-door access to the National Mall’s iconic museums and monuments.
Although teachers, staff, and students no longer will be returning to school this month, it's important for school administrators to plan and prepare for safe commuting when students do return. We've compiled a list of ways your school administration can prepare to support the commutes of your teachers, staff, and students.
Promote Commuting with Care
No matter what form of transportation your teachers, staff, or students use, encourage them to commute with care. That includes wearing a face covering/mask, using hand sanitizer, and staying 6 feet away from other passengers when possible.
If you work nontraditional or late-night hours, you may find that you are left with fewer commute options to get to and from work. Since the public health crisis, public transit and other commonly used travel options have become even more limited in order to encourage people to stay home, practice social distancing, and ultimately protect the safety and well-being of commuters.
For several months, restrictions have been in place to reduce the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. The District government understands that it’s important for businesses and individuals to responsibly resume normal activity. The Mayor’s reopening plan allows that, phase by phase.
As more people are getting out, it's important to remember to still recreate responsibly. This means you need to wear a face covering or mask whenever you leave home and maintain six feet of distance from others to keep everyone safe.
Many gems in DC, such as national parks and memorials, allow you to remain socially distant. Go for a solo bike ride or take a walk with family or your furry friend(s) to sightsee in DC. This is the perfect time to rediscover all the city has to offer and use the amazing network of transportation options to get you there.
In 2019, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted a district-wide school transportation survey to evaluate the state of school commutes in Washington, DC. In the survey, they found that students and families are more likely to choose sustainable transportation options than teachers and staff. Results show that only 33% of elementary students are driven to school, while another 33% of parents walk their youngest child to school, and 59% of students have used Kids Ride Free cards. On the other hand, 78% of the District's school staff drive to work alone, while only 2.2% ride a bike to school. The survey also revealed that 43% of school staff commute from Maryland and Virginia.
Get a transit display at your school! Transit displays are a great way to show off all mobility options near your school, at a glance, and in real-time. These options include the bus, Capital Bikeshare, carshare, and the Metrorail. By providing a digital display with real-time transportation arrival data in lobbies, main offices, and teacher break rooms, your students and staff can plan their sustainable commutes back home more easily and efficiently.
Many schools are hesitant to use their limited budgets on transit display software, but thanks to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), schools can install a live transportation feed for at no cost to you! All you have to do is provide the television screen or monitor and use Ride DC's portal to set-up a live feed. School administrators will have the ability to create a custom dashboard specific to their school's location.
In the best interest of public safety during the health crisis, transportation providers nationwide have taken effective, protective measures to support the "stay home" advisory and to encourage safe social distancing. This includes aggressive cleaning and disinfecting protocols, temporarily pausing or reducing services, closing stations, and more.
Please be advised that you should be traveling for ESSENTIAL TRIPS ONLY in Washington, DC which includes obtaining medical care that cannot be provided virtually; purchasing food and/or household goods; performing or accessing essential government functions; working at essential businesses; engaging in essential travel; or engaging in recreational activities, as defined by Mayor Muriel Bowser's Stay-At-Home Order.
Below is a breakdown of limited transportation services in the District of Columbia:
With certain states and municipalities beginning to lift stay-at-home orders, it’s important to create a Return to Work Plan to ensure you have commuter programs and policies in place that accommodate the interest of your organization and its employees. As we continue to adapt to the “new normal,” goDCgo employer services recommends putting in place a variety of commuter benefit options that help your employees feel safe and confident as they commute to and from the office, or when working remotely.
Prepare yourselves! This summer, WMATA will initiate phase two of its Platform Improvement Project by reconstructing platforms at four Orange Line stations and connecting the Silver Line to new stations in Metro's network. To finish the project on time, all stations west of Ballston will be closed starting Saturday, May 23, 2020: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church, East Falls Church, Wiehle-Reston East, Spring Hill, Greensboro, Tysons Corner, and McLean. Ballston-MU station will remain open and serve as the western destination on the Orange Line. Silver Line service will be temporarily suspended. You should allow extra travel time and start planning alternatives if your commute will be affected.*
*Please be sure to check the transit providers' websites for any updates or changes to schedules given the public health crisis.
Are you ready for one of DC’s largest spectator events? Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world travel to the District to witness a transformation — the annual blooming of the cherry blossom trees.* Gifted to our nation's capital by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in March 1912, more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees bring an explosion of life to the city and are celebrated with a series of events that are primarily FREE and open to the public. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place on March 20 to April 12, 2020 and we're here to provide you with all you should know before you go!**
*The cherry blossoms are expected to hit peak bloom between March 21-24, 2020.
**Festival event changes due to the health crisis can be found here. In light of the recent circumstances, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has launched a new virtual experience to bring the spirit of the blossoms to you and provide a way to enjoy springtime together, while being apart.